Fisher House - Accomodations - Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Albany, NY
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Albany Stratton VA Medical Center Albany, NY


Fisher House - Accomodations

The Zachary & Elizabeth Fisher House ™
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Samuel S. Stratton Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, NY is proud to have been the first VA Medical Center in the nation selected as a site for the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher House. It is a measure of the quality of care provided that Mr. and Mrs. Fisher chose this medical center to pioneer support to veterans and their families.

What Is Fisher House?
Our Fisher House is a beautifully maintained, Home-Away-From-Home. We provide high quality temporary lodging at no charge to families of veterans receiving care, who have traveled a significant distance. Also welcome to stay at the Fisher House are veterans, undergoing an extended episode of outpatient treatment, who are accompanied by a caregiver.                                       Fisher House Plaque

Registration Information For additional information regarding eligibility and availability contact the Albany Fisher House at  (518) 626-6919. Veterans or families may also contact the patient's VA Social Worker. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Emergency requests are handled by the Administrative Officer of the Day (x66620) at all other times.

House Features

This exquisitely designed Home Away from Home can accommodate 7 families in individual guest rooms, all with private bathrooms. Linens are supplied. Common areas feature a state of the art kitchen with all the necessary appliances and kitchenware. A spacious dining room and separate family room offer additional spaces for guests to unwind. An in house laundry room is available and fully stocked with supplies. Outdoor spaces include: A front porch, a back patio/Bar-B-Q area, a gazebo and a serenity garden. The Albany Fisher House also features digital cable and free Wi-Fi service included among many other amenities.

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House Life

Fisher House families are dedicated caregivers who also provide tremendous support to each other. In addition to onsite staff the Albany home is generously supported by members of the community who volunteer in many ways to help maintain a home like atmosphere. We provide comfort for your family while the Albany VA provides care to you.

Background of the House

The idea for a comfort home was presented to Mr. Fisher in 1989 by Admiral Carl Trost and his wife Pauline.     

The first Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher House was built at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland in 1991. Mr. Fisher hired his own architect, builder, and interior designer.

Our Fisher House in Albany, NY is the first ever built to provide comfort and support at a VA hospital. Since 1994 we have been proud to carry on as stewards of this great treasure.                          

About Mr. & Mrs. Fisher

Zachary Fisher left high school at age 16 to help his father and older brothers in the family construction business. Early in his career he suffered a severe knee injury in a construction accident which prevented him from serving in the military. However, over the years, he and his wife Elizabeth served the country well by volunteering time and donating money to family-oriented military efforts. Fisher House

In 1990, Mr. and Mrs. Fisher began the Fisher House program, dedicating more than $20 million to the construction of comfort homes for families of hospitalized military personnel.

The Fishers were dedicated to enhancing the public perception of the U.S. Military and to helping members of the Armed Forces in many ways. They were true patriots who ardently supported a number of philanthropic activities. The Fisher House Foundation, Inc. * continues to build Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Houses, providing a home-away-from-home for families of hospitalized patients undergoing treatment at U. S. Military and Veterans hospitals. Their work is carried on by their nephew Kenneth Fisher, who is chairman of the Fisher House Foundation.

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